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SPSS 14.0 Developer’s Guide
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The SPSS Developer’s Guide provides information about the developer’s tools that are included with the SPSS for Windows product. The tools can be used with the Base system and all of its optional components.

Developer’s ToolsThe developer’s tools include:
OLE Automation. A technology standard that makes it possible for you to write

programs that incorporate, or extend, the functionality of SPSS. OLE Automation allows your application to access SPSS objects and manipulate them using methods and properties. Applications can be written in a variety of programming languages, such as Visual Basic and C++.
Third-partyAPI. An application interface that enables you to configure SPSS so that your programs can be launched from SPSS menus. Use the interface to give users access to features not provided by SPSS. The working SPSS data file can be passed to the third-party application as an optional parameter. The third-party API works by recognizing specific Windows registry keys. Input/output DLL. A dynamic linklibrary that enables you to write applications that

read and write data in an SPSS data file format. This tool is often used to share data between third-party applications and SPSS.


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Production Facility. A Visual Basic application that uses SPSS OLE Automation to run

SPSS unattended and automatically produces output from regularly repeated, timeconsuming analyses.Scripting facility. A built-in, VBA-compatible Sax Basic development environment

that allows developers to write and run scripts to automate SPSS tasks. You can use it to produce output (like the Production Facility) and to do regularly repeated, timeconsuming editing of output. Scripting works by using OLE Automation to manipulate SPSS objects.
MACRO and MATRIX procedures. Built-in SPSS commands thatallow you to write

customized statistical and data manipulation procedures for use within SPSS. Each component helps applications developers build upon SPSS for Windows, although no single application will use all of them.

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You can work through this guide sequentially, or you can jump to topics that interest you. Install SPSS for Windows before continuing so that you can...
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